‘OutDaughtered’: Danielle Busby Said Another Eye Surgery for Hazel Is ‘Inevitable’

The Busbys may be relative newcomers to the reality TV world, but there’s no doubt they’ve already built up a serious fan base thanks to TLC’s OutDaughtered. Danielle and Adam Busby attained fame for having the only set of all-female quintuplets in the United States, and with their older daughter, Blayke, that means they have six little girls. With the new season of OutDaughtered currently underway, we’re starting to see the quintuplets grow into the “threenagers” stage where they’re developing their own quirks and personalities as well.

There’s one quint who’s easiest to tell apart from the rest, and that’s Hazel. Hazel has glasses due to an eye condition, and we recall in past seasons how she had to undergo surgery. According to Danielle, it looks like the little girl will have to go through another procedure to further correct her eyes, too.

Hazel has an eye condition called nystagmus

Nothing about raising six daughters is easy, and Danielle and Adam were extra stressed when they learned about Hazel’s eye condition. In Touch Weekly notes Hazel has nystagmus, a condition that causes the eyes to move rapidly and uncontrollably. And while it’s a treatable condition, it seems like it’s only something that can be managed over time but can’t be cured.

We also can’t forget that Hazel seemed to be the quintuplet to lag behind in terms of other physical milestones, too. In Touch notes Danielle said in 2016, “She’s still the only one who isn’t walking yet, and it sucks. I know they all kind of develop and grow [at] their own pace, but I don’t want her to be left behind or not be able to hang with her sisters.” Adam has also noticed that Hazel is “lagging a little bit” physically, and he worried that this may affect her socially as well. “The girls are now in nursery school twice a week, and we’re hoping little Hazel will be able to keep up!” he said.

She went in for eye surgery back in 2016 when she was just a year old

People reminds us little Hazel hasn’t just had to wear glasses for her condition, but she’s also gone in for surgery to help her with her eyes. Back in 2016, Danielle explained on an episode of OutDaughtered, “This surgery fix is not even about her vision — it’s more so to correct the placement of where her eye goes to focus better so she doesn’t have to turn her neck, which is a huge deal.”

Even though the surgery was for the best, it was still quite scary for the parents to see their little girl have to go through such an intense procedure. “I’m just nervous about what’s going to happen. Is she going to come out and everything went perfectly fine or is she going to come out and something else went wrong?” Danielle added. Adam also added, “Everything that you do and tell yourself to prepare for this surgery can never really prepare you enough for seeing your baby in her hospital gown and then giving her away.”

Here’s what Danielle recently said about Hazel’s condition now

The Busbys recently talked to Us Weekly about the new season of the show, and they briefly talked about Hazel, too. Danielle went on to explain what nystagmus was again. “It’s something she was born with and she’ll have it the remainder of her life … there’s no official cure to it,” Danielle added. She also mentioned the one eye surgery Hazel’s been through already and discussed the likelihood of needing another. “It’s inevitable that one day she’ll have another one,” Danielle added nonchalantly, “and so we visit her eye doctors every couple months.”

Adam and Danielle definitely seem calm, cool, and collected when it comes to discussing Hazel’s condition, so it appears they’re working through it as best as they can. We’ll have to wait and see if any updates unfold on this season of the show.

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